Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

13 Oct 2003, 19:27 p.m.

Uniquely Placed

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Listening to the radio. A man and a woman are speaking in a language I don't know, possibly Mandarin, but I've caught the English terms "two-for-one stock split," "trading," "profit," and various three-letter abbreviations and "eBay."

This reminds me of weekends with my family. We would drive from Stockton to Sunnyvale or Cupertino or Mountain View, all these towns that looked like suburbs through and through. I always fell asleep on the rides there and back. My dad would perform a Hindu ceremony, with my mother assisting, and my sister and I would crack jokes with our cousin Vinay, and afterwards women in sarees would arrange potluck food on a big table while the men in khakis, jeans, and button-up or dotcom shirts would group and discuss software and hardware. The men would speak some in Kannada and some in English, and of course "datacenter" and "PHP" and "Oracle" studded their conversation, and no one lacked for work. Everyone was prosperous enough and the temples in Sunnyvale and Livermore were expanding. That's how I remember the boom.